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Ain’t Burned All the Bright

11 January, 2022

Book cover. A black hand is above lined paper. There is a flame in the hand. The names of the author and illustrator are typed on small strips of paper above the flame. The background above the hand is a blue sky with a few clouds. The title is messily written in white multiple times across and on top of the cover illustrations. Some of the words are scratched out.Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds artwork by Jason Griffin
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

Jason Reynolds and his best bud, Jason Griffin had a mind-meld. And they decided to tackle it, in one fell swoop, in about ten sentences, and 300 pages of art, this piece, this contemplation-manifesto-fierce-vulnerable-gorgeous-terrifying-WhatIsWrongWithHumans-hope-filled-hopeful-searing-Eye-Poppingly-Illustrated-tender-heartbreaking-how-The-HECK-did-They-Come-UP-with-This project about oxygen. And all of the symbolism attached to that word, especially NOW.

And so for anyone who didn’t really know what it means to not be able to breathe, REALLY breathe, for generations, now you know. And those who already do, you’ll be nodding yep yep, that is exactly how it is. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads


11 January, 2022
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